Titik pertemuan sudah dijumpai.
For PAS, it is “Islam memartabatkan Melayu”. For Umno, it’s “Melayu memartabatkan Islam”.
Both formulations have their own intrinsic logic. When they’re able to synergize, it will strengthen both the Malays and the Muslims as one holistic force to be reckoned with.
Umno is becoming more kopiah-flavoured these days, after all. During the time of Onn Jaafar, Tunku, Tun Razak and Tun Dr Ismail, Umno was a songkok party.
BELOW: Guess which one is an Umno deputy minister?
New Hope (Harapan Baru) sounds like evangelical church
The official website of Parliament has been updated to reflect the defection of seven MPs from PAS. So now the party has 14 MPs compared to 21 in the last sitting.
Seating arrangements have been modified accordingly for this Parliament session. The MPs from PAS are no longer seated alongside those from DAP and PKR as previously. Hadi Awang has been moved to Block G from Block I.
Whoever did the present rearrangement has a wicked sense of humour. He/she put Amanah’s Mujahid Yusof Rawa between the Lims, Kit Siang and Guan Eng.
Mujahid squashed between Lim Sr and Lim Jr (below) reminds us of that iconic photo of Nizar dikepit Ngeh and Nga.
“Many Chinese fearing that this was just the beginning”
Two weeks ago, Najib Razak officiated the MCA general assembly.
Covering the event, veteran MCA watcher Foong Pek Yee wrote:
“The Barisan chairman is surely aware of the calls for MCA – the second largest Barisan component party – to leave the coalition in the wake of open racist threats and remarks from some Umno leaders and those seemingly linked to Umno.”
(In fact, MCA past president Ong Tee Keat had called for a referendum proposing his party’s withdrawal from the BN.)
Writing in the J-Star, Foong commented:
“Topping the list of racially charged episodes was the Sept 16 red-shirt rally which left feelings of fear which turned into anger among the Chinese. […] While the ugly episode may be confined to Petaling Street, it certainly sent shock waves across the country, with many Chinese fearing that this was just the beginning.”
Foong also described how some Chinese stocked up on food supplies after Jamal Sekinchan’s threat of a possible riot.
“If they want war, we will go to war”
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai, in his keynote address to the party AGM, directed an appeal to Najib, saying: “Saya sangat-sangat khuatir Dato’ Sri. Rakyat meluahkan rasa cemas, bimbang dan gusar dengan apa yang sedang berlaku ini”.
In response to the Chinese anxiety and distress, the BN chairman made some soothing noises. See, ‘Najib reassures Chinese community that racially-charged episodes are temporary‘ (The J-Star, 13 Oct 2015).
That was last fortnight.
Last night however, Najib “mengisytiharkan silat sebagai bela diri rasmi negara” in an event attended by Panglima Angkatan Tentera Jen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin. The text of Najib’s speech was read by Shahidan Kassim.
At the same function, silat big chief Ali Rustam said his organization is ready to go to war, if need be, to defend Malay dignity. The Pesaka boss was quoted as saying, “if they want war, we will go to war”.
Pesaka was among the main organizers of the Red Rally last month on Malaysia Day (Sept 16).
Apa lagi Cina tidak mau
What the Chinese don’t want is an Islamic State.
Hudud was one of the main factors leading to the break-up between DAP and PAS. If Umno supports PAS’s hudud, MCA may be compelled to leave BN.
MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong had floated the idea last year that without a ‘No’ consensus, his party would not be able to remain on the BN platform. See ‘MCA might ditch BN if Umno lends support to hudud, says Wee‘ (The Malay Mail, 7 May 2014)
BELOW: Bersih 4.0 rally goer with a placard saying, “Kami bukan anti-PM, kami hanya benci Najib”
Chinese hate and reject Najib
Lim Kit Siang described Bersih 4.0 as a “34-hours-long carnival to celebrate democracy”. Actually, it was more like one big hate fest against Najib where the Chinese let it all hang out.
Yesterday the J-Star‘s Joceline Tan commented that not only has Najib’s popularity rating slipped, he is “also struggling with the fact that his coalition has only 5% support from the Chinese”.
The Merdeka Center poll, which found only 5 percent of the Chinese to be happy with Najib’s government, was carried out in August.
This was a month before the Red Rally took place in September.
Not even one Chinese in ten support BN
If the opinion survey had been conducted in the period following the Red Rally, pollster Merdeka Center would have discovered Chinese support for the Najib administration to be even lower than five percent.
Shortly after Sept 16, Jamal Sekinchan made another threat to mob Chinatown. This prompted the China ambassador intervening through his controversial walkabout in Petaling Street.
The ambassador’s intervention in turn caused Deputy Agriculture Minister Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (below, at the Red Rally) to declare “Nak kena lempang macam itu” – referring to Malaysian Chinese who complained to our motherland.
Aside from refusing to apologize for his “slap” remark, Tajuddin also retorted, “MCA boleh buat bising sehingga kiamat”.
These slights by Umno leaders have further alienated the Chinese from the BN.
With more than 95 percent of the Chinese being anti-government, the MCA’s belated suggestion for national reconciliation is too little, too late.
Apology to Ustaz Nasha long overdue
ABOVE: Former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa and Najib look like Siamese twins conjoined at the shoulder (file pix from 2013)
Ustaz Nasha must be feeling vindicated today in the aftermath of PAS’s belated realisation that the DAP is full of Christians – see ‘Dewan Ulama PAS: Cina DAP rata-rata Kristian, lawan hukum Allah‘
He was right! And his critics and detractors in PAS were wrong. They owe him an apology. And Hasan Ali too.
Umno and PAS gravitating to each other
Last week, Umno Penang announced that they are ready to cooperate with PAS in the DAP-held state.
As well, the Umno hawks look inclined to cosy up with PAS. Mara chairman Annuar Musa, who had attended the Red Rally, is for example one of the main proponents of Umno-PAS cooperation on hudud. Annuar is a Kelantanese.
There are some key personalities who are bridge builders between Umno and PAS. On the other hand, who can ameliorate the estrangement between the Chinese and the BN?
BELOW: Chinese women aim their flying kicks at ‘Najib’
No cure for the DAP hate virus
A couple of days ago, most of the PAS Parliamentarians passed on the ‘Mana RM2.6 bilion?’ mini protest during the Budget 2016 speech. They did not join the DAP and PKR Yang Berhormats in disrupting the PM’s budget presentation.
The litmus test on a potential Malay unity pact is how many among PAS Malays can be swung to support BN in the next general election. This figure is compared to how many of the 95 percent anti-establishment Chinese can be persuaded to relent and pangkah dacing.
It’s a battle of numbers, really. Is it PAS people who are more keras kepala and cannot be weaned off their hatred for Umno? Or is it the Chinese who are more berdendam and cannot be weaned off their hatred for Umno?
Umno will obviously go with the one who does not hate it so irrevocably.
BELOW: The beginning of a beautiful relationship